Industry Ink: Int’l Country Music Conference, Twitter, Hyundai, Silverado Records

International Country Music Conference Presents Awards

 Pictured (L-R): Dr. James Akenson, Co-Chair of the International Country Music Conference; Beville Dunkerley, editor at Rolling Stone Country, which sponsors the Chet Flippo Award; award winner Pete Finney; Michael Gray, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, accepted on behalf of winner Peter Guralnick; and Dr. Don Cusic, Co-Chair of the International Country Music Hall of Fame.

Pictured (L-R): Dr. James Akenson, Co-Chair of the International Country Music Conference; Beville Dunkerley, editor at Rolling Stone Country, which sponsors the Chet Flippo Award; award winner Pete Finney; Michael Gray, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, accepted on behalf of winner Peter Guralnick; and Dr. Don Cusic, Co-Chair of the International Country Music Hall of Fame.

Nashville’s Belmont University hosted the International Country Music Conference on May 26 through 28. During a luncheon on Friday, Pete Finney was honored with the Chet Flippo Award for excellence in country music journalism, and Peter Guralnick was honored with the Best Book on Country Music award for his biography about Sam Phillips. Jimmie Rodgers Snow was a special guest at the event.

 

What Counts in 140 Characters?

twitter_logoTwitter is changing the rules for what counts toward the 140 character limit of Tweets. According to the company, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters. See the blog for details.

 

Hyundai Offers DIY Smartphone Integration

Hyundai

Hyundai owners can add now smartphone integrations to several existing models, via do-it-yourself installation. These software updates include CarPlay for iPhone and Android Auto, offering features including calls, messages, music and maps. See more here.

 

Silverado Records Debuts Songwriters Series

Zack Dyer Silverado Signature Songwriters Series

Silverado Records has tapped Zack Dyer as the first songwriter to be featured on its upcoming Silverado Signature Songwriter’s Series recordings. The release date is yet to be announced, and the label intends to release several volumes per year.

“This is a great way to connect music fans with the best songwriters, as well as Country music’s future stars,” said Silverado Records CEO Scott Thomas. “Zack is the perfect talent to kick this off, and represents well the abundant talent out there in the songwriting community.”

Dyer, a Minnesota native, moved to Nashville in 2015 to pursue a full-time music career.

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